Creative methodologies and pedagogies for humanisation

Authors: Hutchings, M. and Quinney, C.A.

Start date: 20 April 2017

Background Photo-elicitation offers an innovative qualitative research methodology and rich pedagogic approach for providing creative and connected insights in the caring sciences. It provides an effective tool for facilitating reflective learning on human situations from learning to care with compassion to exploring experiences of marginalised or disadvantaged groups.

Aims The presenters will share experiences of using photo-elicitation as a powerful trigger for learning and as an enriching research methodology. Method Photo-elicitation is derived from anthropology and sociology. Participants use photographs provided by the educator or researcher, or take their own photographs, to explore and illuminate complex ideas and themes. This method promotes critical dialogue and reflection, and elicits ways of knowing, distinct yet frequently hidden, in the humanising connectivity unwrapped and gifted. Results Photo-elicitation is used in various programmes at Bournemouth University to explore humanisation concepts including ‘what it means to be human’ and how to represent ‘dignity’ in care, informed by the humanising theoretical framework [1]. The presenters have used photo-elicitation in research seminars with academics and practitioners from different disciplines, using visual and narrative approaches for exploring evidence to guide professional practice, contributing to transformative education, and enriching research data and findings. It has also been used in public engagement events to understand people’s connections with the seaside, its purpose and place in their lives as a source of health and well-being. Conclusions Photo-elicitation can create immediate and deep immersion in the tenets of humanisation, often difficult to express in words, illuminating the importance of events, artefacts, and places embodied as experiences, to enable stronger connections with people’s lives. Photo-elicitation strategies can be readily integrated into creative pedagogic practice, qualitative research, and improving professional practice by sensitising us to our humanity.

References 1. Galvin, K. and Todres, T. (2013) Caring and well-being: a lifeworld approach. Routledge.

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